Alejandro Portes

Visiting Professor Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Email: ap162@nyu.edu
Education: BA, Summa cum laude, Creighton University; MA Sociology, PhD Philosophy, Sociology, University Wisconsin;

Research Areas: Institutional and National Development; Transnational Immigrant Organizations and Development; The Adaptation of the Immigrant Second Generation in the United States and Europe.


Alejandro Portes is Howard Harrison and Gabrielle Snyder Beck Professor of Sociology (emeritus) at Princeton University and Professor of Law and Distinguished Scholar of Arts and Sciences at the University of Miami. He is the founding director of the Center for Migration and Development at Princeton. Portes has formerly taught at Johns Hopkins University, where he held the John Dewey Chair in Arts and Sciences; Duke University, and the University of Texas-Austin.  He was the president of the American Sociological Association in 1998-99.

Portes is the author of more than 250 articles and chapters on national development, international migration, Latin American and Caribbean urbanization, and economic sociology.  He has published 40 books and special issues.  His books include: City on the Edge – the Transformation of Miami (California 1993), co-authored with Alex Stepick, Immigrant America:  A Portrait, Spanish Legacies: The Coming of Age of the Second Generation, and his most recent book The Global Edge Miami in the Twenty-First Century, published in 2018.

His current research is on the adaptation process of the immigrant second generation in comparative perspective, the role of institutions on national development, and the comparative study of immigrant transnational organizations.